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Ahmad Bashir

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Ahmad Bashir
احمد بشیر
BornMarch 24, 1923
Eminabad, Gujranwala District, Punjab, British India
DiedDecember 25, 2004 (aged 81)
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
OccupationWriter, Journalist
NationalityUnited Kingdom British Indian (1923-1947)
 PakistanI (1947-2004)
SubjectLiterature, biography, socialism
Notable worksDil Bhatkey Ga, Jo Milay Thay Raaste Mein, film Neela Parbat (1969)
RelativesParveen Atif (Sister)
Bushra Ansari (Daughter)
Neelam Bashir (Daughter)
Sumbul Shahid (Daughter)
Asma Abbas (Daughter)
Humayun Sheikh (Son)
Grandchildren: Meera Ansari, Nariman Ansari, Waqas Abbas, Zara Noor Abbas, Saif Sheikh, Shiraz Nasir, Sadaf Nasir, Ahmed Nasir

Ahmad Bashir (Punjabi, Urdu: احمد بشیر; March 24, 1923 – December 25, 2004) was a writer, journalist, intellectual and film director from Pakistan. He was the father of leading television artists Bushra Ansari, Asma Abbas, Sumbul Shahid and poet & author Neelam Ahmad Bashir and son Humayun Sheikh.

Begum Parveen Atif, also an Urdu short story writer, columnist, travelogue writer in Urdu and Punjabi, was his sister. His wife Mehmooda was his partner since 1947.[1]

He was a close friend of Urdu writers Mumtaz Mufti and Ibn-e-Insha. Mumtaz Mufti helped him join the now defunct Urdu-language daily newspaper Imroze after the independence of Pakistan.[1]

Early life[edit]

Ahmad Bashir was born in Eminabad near Gujranwala, (Punjab, British India) on 24 March 1923. He claimed Kashmiri ethnic background. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Srinagar and shifted to Bombay for a career in acting but soon started writing for film magazines. After the formation of Pakistan in 1947, he came back to Punjab to settle permanently in Pakistan.[2]


After the independence of Pakistan in 1947, Ahmad Bashir worked for several newspapers in Pakistan. However, he is known for his days at Daily Imroze with particular fondness. He worked as a sub-editor at Imroze newspaper where he introduced feature writing for the first time in Urdu press. He also obtained training in film direction from Hollywood on state scholarship.[1]

Bashir also worked for the Department of Films & Publications, Government of Pakistan, and later for National Film Development Corporation, Pakistan (NAFDEC) during Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto regime. He resigned after General Zia-ul-Haq imposed martial law in the country in 1977. He faced bitter hardships during this period in which he was never allowed to write columns in newspapers.[1]

Bashir was also a portrait writer. His book Jo Milay Thay Raaste Mein (My Fellow Travelers) contains pen sketches of eminent literary personalities including Mumtaz Mufti, Krishan Chandar, Meeraji, Chiragh Hasan Hasrat, Hasrat Mohani and Kishwar Naheed. He also wrote an autobiographical novel Dil Bhatkey Ga (The Restless Heart).[1][2]

In 1969, Bashir directed and produced an Urdu film, Neela Parbat. This film was considered Pakistan's early experimental feature films. However, the film proved to be too much of an alternative genre at the time and flopped at the box-office.[3][2]

After the failure of Neela Parbat, Bashir never ventured back into film making or film production.

Awards and recognition[edit]


Ahmad Bashir died in Lahore of liver cancer on 25 December 2004 at age 81.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Ahmad Bashir dies". Dawn (newspaper). 26 December 2004. Retrieved 16 September 2021.
  2. ^ a b c Raza Naeem (10 April 2019). "Ahmad Bashir, the Pakistani Writer Who Did Not Compromise His Conscience". The Wire (newspaper). Retrieved 16 September 2021.
  3. ^ "Film 'Neela Parbat' (1969)". PAKfilms website. 1 November 2015. Archived from the original on 20 December 2016. Retrieved 16 September 2021.

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